Chicken pox, in our modern era, is often considered a childhood rite of passage, one that you canavoid with a vaccine and that, if you do become infected but receive proper medical treatment, rarely results in much more than the irritation of scratching. That consideration doesn’t remember, however, that the chicken pox virus – properly called varicella-zoster virus – can resurface as shingles later in life, and far from being a memorable rite of passage, it’s a painful, serious condition. Luckily, there are ways to relieve that pain, and a lot of them are simple, natural remedies you can easily do at home.
Before we start with the remedies, let’s be clear: You should always seek professional medical attention if you suspect you have shingles – or any illness – especially if you had chicken pox as a child. Got that? Now let’s be sure we understand what shingles is. According to the Mayo Clinic:
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.
Those blisters and that pain is what we want to focus on today. After you visit your doctor, there are several ways you can augment your course of treatment and make shingles just a little less painful. Here are the seven best ones we’ve found so far!